Since last night, wishes and messages for Valentine's Day 2020 are being shared online. But among all the lovey-dovey greetings there are also some messages especially on Twitter about February 14 being a black day. Many people believe that revolutionary freedom fighters on India — Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on this day. But this is untrue. The reliable historical records state that Bhagat Singh was hanged on March 23, 1931, along with Sukhdev and Rajguru. So although there are tweets propagating that February 14 is a Black Day, it's not the truth.

The message about the three revolutionaries being hanged on February 14 has been circulating every year on WhatsApp. The message makes an appeal that this day should not be celebrated as Valentine's Day but instead as 'black day' to mark the martyrdom. There is no support to the claim of the revolutionaries being hanged on this day, but there are other reports that the three were actually awarded the death sentence on this day. Neither of them is true. The judgment sentencing Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru to death was delivered on October 7, 1930 and executed on March 23, 1931.

Check Some Tweets Claiming February 14 as The Day of Execution of Revolutionaries:

All of these claims stand untrue. The trio of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru was accused in the Lahore conspiracy case and shot British police officer, John Saunders. They wanted to assassinate British police superintendent, James Scott, who they held responsible for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai. The trial, in this case, went on from July to October when they were ordered to be executed.

Fact check

Fact Check: Is February 14 Black Day? Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev Were Neither Hanged Nor The Court Ordered Their Execution On This Day
Claim :

February 14 Celebrated as Black Day For Execution of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev

Conclusion :

The claim is false, there is no evidence to support it.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Feb 14, 2020 10:10 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website